The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

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Review: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Description:  Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

My Review:

I loved this book!  If I was so many years younger I would probably love it even more.  This book takes teen angst and wraps it up in a world of diversity, yet still remains relatable to anyone who reads it regardless of their background because the themes are universal: friendships, family, love and self-acceptance.

I loved that this book presented different character types in a normal, everyday and matter-of-fact way.  Molly’s sister Cassie is in a relationship with another girl who is Korean-American.  Molly and Cassie are being raised by their Jewish and African-American moms along with their younger brother and they all share the same sperm donor father.  Molly takes anti-anxiety medicine and deals with body image issues.

Molly’s relationship with her sister  will face some challenges as Cassie spends more time with her girlfriend.  Their clashes are very real and relatable.  I loved watching Molly deal with her own crushes and boy problems.  The climax of the book was wonderful and didn’t disappoint.

I highly recommend this book.  It is a a fast read and leaves you with a smile.

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